Sharjah, the “Pearl of the Gulf,” is the third largest emirate and the only one to enjoy coastline on both the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. UNESCO designated this city close to Dubai as the Arab Capital of Culture in 1998, and it lives up to the title by offering visitors a range of rich cultural experiences, from ancient souks to modern art museums.

Most visitors start their explorations of Sharjah in the Heritage Area, located near the Corniche. In the Heritage Area, you’ll find the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, the beautifully restored Al Hisn Fort and the Souq al-Arsah, thought to be the oldest souk in the United Arab Emirates.

If you’re in Dubai to shop, Sharjah is worth a visit for the Al Markazi Souk, or Blue Souk, alone. This multistory market contains more than 600 stalls selling all sorts of clothing, souvenirs and housewares, and it’s considered one of the best places in the region to buy Arabian rugs.

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Sharjah City Sightseeing Tour - The Pearl of the Gulf

4.5 star rating: Recommended 46 Reviews

This tour will take you to Sharjah, the "Pearl of the Gulf". One of the many landmarks to see during the tour is King Faisal Mosque, one of the largest ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $36.85

Private Tour: Sharjah City Highlights

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Get to know Sharjah’s incredible history and culture on a half-day trip from Dubai, led by a private guide! The comprehensive 4.5-hour excursion introduces you ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $44.76

Day Tour to the East Coast - Orient Express

4 star rating: Recommended 65 Reviews

Your tour begins with a drive through the lush oasis of Al Dhaid, renowned for its fruit and vegetable plantations. Then onto Masafi, and the picturesque Hajar ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.78

Sharjah Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

There is no better way to see Sharjah than on a double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus! See top Sharjah attractions on this comprehensive sightseeing tour, such as ...  Read more

Location: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $26.42

Sharjah Hop-On Hop-Off Night Tour

See the Central Souq (Blue Souq), the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Al Noor Mosque and other cultural landmarks of Sharjah lit up at night on this ...  Read more

Location: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $15.52

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